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New Jersey remebers James Gandolfini

Friday, Jun 21, 2013 - 01:25

June 21 - The owners of Holsten's diner talk about the time they spent with the actor. Alicia Powell reports.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 When he heard of the sudden death of actor James Gandolfini, New Jersey diner owner Chris Carley knew what he need to do. SOUNDBITE: Chris Carley, diner owner, saying (English): "After it settled in to me, I closed the table down and, you know, put the reserve sign there. It just felt as a tribute to him. You know, it was just sad. I had good memories of the time that he was here and we spent together." Gandolfini, who played Tony Soprano in the HBO series "The Sopranos" was vacationing in Rome before a scheduled appearance at a film festival in Sicily when he died. The final scene in the series, and one of the most discussed endings in TV history, was filmed at Holsten's Brookdale Confectionery, a family run diner and chocolate shop co-owned by Carley and Ron Stark. Carley had already placed a plaque at the booth where the Sopranos ate their final meal but after hearing of his passing, added a floral bouquet and the local newspaper. Stark recalled the actor's kindness on-set during the four day shoot. SOUNDBITE: Chris Carley, diner owner, saying (English): "We even had fun when they said 'cut' and he was hungry, he would come behind the grill and he's like 'what have you got back here?' 'I says, well I've got a grilled cheese, I have tuna fish. I have a hotdog'. He says 'I'll take the grilled cheese and hotdog'. he takes the hotdog sticks it in the grilled cheese and starts eating it, you know." The program, which earned Gandolfini three Emmy Awards as best lead actor in a drama series, was considered by many critics the finest drama to have aired on U.S. television.

New Jersey remebers James Gandolfini

Friday, Jun 21, 2013 - 01:25

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